New Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) at the Atax Field

Date: 30th May 2017
Published by: David Naylor

Please note that the Car Park at the ATAX FIELD will be affected for a 4 week period starting on Monday 5th of June because the new Multi-Use Games Area will be built. We will erect barriers around the car parking spaces shown below in blue close to the grassed area to accommodate AXO's equipment. The parking spaces on the Leisure Centre side of the car park and the gravelled overflow area will be unaffected. AXO will be erecting Heras fencing on the grass adjacent to the barriered off car park area where the MUGA will be built.

We are sorry for the temporary inconvenience the remainder of the Atax Field will be available to everyone as usual.


The Town Council, working in partnership with Bollington Leisure Centre (Bollington Health and Leisure BHL) and Bollington United Junior Football Club (BUJFC) are working to deliver the Bollington Cross Youth Project.

The £250,000 Project involves the construction of a Multiuse Games Area (MUGA) and three new grass football pitches, all built to Sports England and Football Association Standards.

Phase One of the project, the MUGA, is about to commence thanks to a grant from WREN, a not for profit business that awards grants to community environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environment to the Landfill Communities Fund. WREN is providing of £47,666.

A further £45,000 has been secured from so called Section 106 Planning Obligation funding. In effect, Section 106 money is sourced from housing developers to support improvements in local services and facilities which will be used by the people who live in the homes they build. Other funding has been provided by the Town Council, BHL and BULFC.

The MUGA and the three pitches will be constructed on the ATAX field, adjacent to the Leisure Centre, and Cheshire East Council has during this month transferred the land to Bollington Town Council on a 125-year lease at a peppercorn rents of £1 per annum. The Town Council will be subletting the land, excluding the land on which the MUGA will sit, to BHL for 50 years, again at a peppercorn rent, to enable BHL to lead on the delivery of Phase Two, the pitches.

The MUGA will be insured and maintained by the Town Council and it will be free to use by members of the community without charge.

In terms of Phase Two, based on indicative costings £55,000 has already been secured from Section 106 funding, and a grant application is imminent to the Football Foundation. Meetings with the Foundation have been held and indications of a successful outcome to the application are positive. When this funding has been confirmed, tenders will be issued for the pitches following a similar process to that followed to secure tenders for the MUGA. A suitable contractor will then be known.

The timings of two phases of the project are, Phase One May-July 2017 and it is hoped that Phase Two will be completed by the summer of 2018.

Watch this space for further information.

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